Searching for your perfect honeymoon destination but still drawing a blank? Perhaps you are a seasoned traveller and have been a lot of places and just can’t face that idea of the beaten track to the Maldives, lovely as it is?
The folks at Black Tomato are all seasoned travellers too, and have set up a travel service which can give you just what you need, in just the way you want. I asked them to suggest some alternative destinations for honeymoons and they were only too happy to come up with some corkers:
Finland during the summer is pretty much the perfect escape. The stunning lake district is one of the best kept secrets available in Europe. With a choice of private lakeside lodges perfectly situated in the midst of stunning remote countryside, it is the ideal setting for pure unadulterated peace and quiet in a remote setting. From £799pp for 7 nights
The Road to Damascus
As exotic as Marrakech, with souks, bazaars and sunshine but minus the tourists – sound good? Wander the marketplaces and winding streets of the Old City where the aromas of basil and cumin mix with donkeys and petrol. Combine the history and the culture with the fact that you are staying at Beit Al Mamlouka, Damascus’ first ever boutique hotel and I’d say this might just be the perfect honeymoon. From £699pp for 3 nights
Tuscany is always beautiful, but combine that with the sophisticated laid back style you get at La Bandita, your truly luxurious hotel, and you really might find a little piece of heaven for yourselves. Formerly a farm, set high up in a two thousand acre nature reserve, with 360 degree views of the Val d’Orcia (the gorgeous countryside south of Siena), with its rolling pasture land, olive groves, monasteries, and fortified stone villages that haven’t changed much in 500 years. From £1299pp for 7 nights
Combine beautiful tropical islands, rich and diverse cultures, vibrant colours, and some of the most stunning vistas on the earth and Indonesia appears to be the trip of a lifetime. Black Tomato can tailor make any trip to this tropical paradise, but their favourite journey starts with the ruggedly beautiful island of Java. Volcanoes, temples and elephant safaris, those will be some amazing photos to show off. From £2,999pp for 10 Days
Forget the wedding, I just want to go to these places! But my favourite touch from Black Tomato’s personal service has to be the the ‘Essentials’ they offer. At no extra cost to you they will sort out your ‘pre-holiday’ needs – they’ll find out the books and music you like and send you a selection before you depart, combining your sensorial experiences with your trip. Then – and this is the perfect touch, on your return their “Back To Reality” service will negate those post holiday blues with either a free takeaway for two or a great DVD and a copy of ‘The Week’ to catch you up on what you missed (not that you’ll care…)